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October 2010 Newsletter

A NOTE FROM THE SLFC DIRECTOR

"I never perfected an invention that I did not think about in
terms of the service it might give others... I find out what the
world needs, then I proceed to invent." -Thomas Edison

Dear Solo and Small Firm Practitioners,

During a Small Law Firm Startup CLE at Cardozo Law School in the middle of September, it became quite clear that many of us are still struggling. What course should I embark on in my practice? Should I try to establish connections and seek contract work? Should I network and try to expand my client base? What are the legal needs of people in this economic market, and how can I successfully meet them? Should I change my billing practices in order to attract new clients or keep my existing clients happy? Can I afford to invest in advertising and online marketing or should I try to save my earnings until it is clear that the economy of the law business has improved?

On November 4, 2010, this year's Seventh Annual Law Practice Management Symposium will focus on how solo and small firm practitioners can start up, maintain and grow their firms most efficiently during an uncertain economic climate. Read more



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Exchange practice management ideas, learn about upcoming events, ask questions, post discussions. Spread the news about your practice among your colleagues.

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SAVE THE DATE!

The Small Law Firm Center Presents: A Three Part Evening Series for Seasoned Solos and Small Firm Practitioners

Session I: Minimize Growing Pains - Expand Your Small Firm Practice with the help of Contract Attorneys
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
Wine & Cheese Reception 6:30 PM - 7:15 PM
Program: 7:15 PM - 8:30 PM

Learn ways to improve your law firm's bottom line and network during our Wine & Cheese Reception.

Learn how contract lawyers can help you achieve work/life balance by providing a safety valve when you're swamped with work, increase professional satisfaction by enabling you to focus on those legal tasks you find most rewarding and increase profits without adding to your firm's overhead.

Moderator:
Alla Roytberg, Director of the Small Law Firm Center, NYC Bar

Panelists:
Lisa Solomon, Law Firm of Lisa Solomon; Edgar De Leon, De Leon & Associates, PLLC

Attendance is limited to 60 people. NYC Bar Member price is $15.00, Non-member price is $30.00. Please clickHERE to register online.

Sponsored by:


SAVE THE DATE!

GROWING YOUR PRACTICE
Session I: Putting Together a Practice that Works for You
Thursday, October 21, 2010 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

As you develop a practice, you always want clients who can pay for services, have interesting legal questions and refer additional business to you. How do you determine the characteristics of these "best" clients and then find more like them? What do you do with clients you don't want that you have acquired as you build your practice?

This informative session will help you build a rewarding and successful practice.

Moderator:
Mark A. Josephson, Esq., CPA, CFP, CFE
Murray & Josephson, CPAs, LLC

Speakers:
Carol Schiro Greenwald
Consultant, MarketingPartners

Mira Weiss, Esq.
Weiss Law Group

Sponsored by:

Registration by October 18 is necessary. The fee, which includes lunch, is $30 for members, $50 for non-members. Please click HERE to register online.


A BENEFIT FOR MEMBERS

ABA Books at 15% Discount to Members of the NYC Bar can now be purchased DIRECTLY from the ABA.

The Small Law Firm Center is pleased to announce that members of the NYC Bar are now able to purchase any book published by the American Bar Association at a 15% discount DIRECTLY from the ABA. To take advantage of this benefit click on the following link, http://www.ababooks.org and enter discount code PAB8ENYC upon checkout.


Practice Management Consultations

As a Member Benefit of the NYC Bar, any member who is interested in starting and/or growing his/her small law firm is entitled to one free practice management /brainstorming session with Alla Roytberg, Director of the Small Law Firm Center. If further consultations are needed, NYC Bar members can schedule additional consultations with Alla Roytberg at a discounted consultation fee of $50 per consultation. Payment should be by check made payable to "The New York City Bar" in advance of each consultation. A consultation would last up to one hour, as needed. To schedule a consultation email aroytberg@nycbar.org.


SAVE THE DATE!

Annual Law Practice Management Symposium
Tuesday, November 4, 2010 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM

The Small Law Firm Center Presents: A Three Part Evening Series for Seasoned Solos and Small Firm Practitioners
Session II: Legal Research options for Growing Solos and Small Firms
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Wine & Cheese Reception 6:30 PM - 7:15 PM
Program: 7:15 PM - 8:30 PM

Growing Your Practice Luncheon: Session II
Tuesday, November 16, 2010 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM